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Granola, why have you forsaken me?!
This is tough, because, yes — it's a fruit, and it has things like fiber. But because it's dried, it also has at least three times the calories of fresh fruit. And usually some added sugar, along with sulfur to keep it preserved. (Just as an example, a bag of banana chips has 20% more fat and three times the calories as a fresh banana.)
Reduced-fat peanut butter
Like most things that are reduced-fat, they make up for it with added sugar — which doesn't make anything healthier.
Whether you use them post-workout, or as a meal replacement, most energy bars are filled with enough saturated fats, sugar, and oils to make it equivalent to eating a candy bar. (For example, calorie wise a PowerbarProtein Plus Chocolate Brownie energy bar has 360 calories, while a Snickers has 250 calories.)
Unless you're doing a super high energy workout, there's no need to chow down on bars loaded with protein. But if you're looking for the best and worst kinds, Well and Good has a fantastic list.
A recent study by the Cornucopia Institute found that the soy in most veggie burgers, and other soy-based products, like nutrition bars) is made with hexane.
Hexane is a by-product of gasoline, and is not only harmful to humans but also the environment. Some brands that are hexane-free include Helen’s Kitchen, Wildwood, and Boca if it has the “made with organic soy” label.
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